Posted: March 10, 2011
PORTRAITS OF THE TRINITY
Let us continue our study this week of the triune Godhead. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are the three in one. We began last week in Genesis looking at portraits of the Trinity and brought to our attention the creating portrait of the Trinity. We looked last week at the individual exercise of the trinity.
Let us look this week at the collective portrait of the Trinity. We could ask what they could do if they all got together. In Genesis 1:26-27 we find a collective manifestation in the word; let us make man in our own image and likeness. The phrase let us implies there is more than one. The three in one has gotten together for the purpose of making man. The words ‘make’ in our text means to squeeze together the hands in order to make. I do not know where it is on us but I feel assured somewhere in the secret world there is a tag on us that says handmade. You and I can be dissatisfied with the way we look if we want, but rest assured God made us just like He wanted us. David said in Psalms 139, ‘my substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret and curiously wrought in the lower parts of the earth, Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect and in thy book all my members were written which in continuance were fashioned when as yet there was none of them’. It implies in the text that there was an individual design book for each of us. He only made one from that design and closed the book. I'm sure many of our family, friends or mates say thank the Lord He didn’t make but one from that book. The word image in our text of Genesis 1:26-27 means a fact similar warming or mirrored image. Adam and Eve were not created perfect but innocent. They were created in the likeness of God. They were made from the dust of the earth. They fell into sin and because of the curse all of Adam's descendents were created in his likeness and they are dead spiritually and dying physically. We are dying physically and over 2 million dead cells fall off of us each hour. Over 65% of the dust in our house will have our DNA. We are also born dead spiritually. We do not have a free will but a fallen will. We can choose things in this world but we cannot choose God from the world to come. Paul said the natural man receives not the things of God.
In Genesis 2:7 I see a collective movement. We are told He created us from dust. The words mean loose, dry, debris or throw away dirt. This is where we got our body. It will only last as long as we are in this world then it will go back to the earth. The text says He breathed into us and we became a living soul. The word living has the meaning of to age with birthdays. The soul is the self life. It is the place of thoughts, will and the emotions. It is the place where our appetites and desires are stored. When the breath of God comes into a man at salvation it is the Holy Ghost and He dwells in what is called our spirit, the dwelling place of God. This place is an empty vacuum prior to salvation. We try to foolishly and aimlessly fill it with soulish things, but nothing ever fits. It was made for only one to dwell and that was the dwelling place of the three and one in the person of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the only part of your three parts that will last forever. There is that number three again. We are three-part individuals body, soul, and spirit. Which one of these three do you esteem the highest and give the greatest attention, the one that will last forever or the one that will only last this life?